June 29th, 2009
02:10 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP scores a victory over Democrats on the softball diamond

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Democrats control Congress, but Republicans owned the softball diamond Friday night.

The Republican National Committee came from behind to score three runs in the final inning to beat the Democratic National Committee in Washington, DC's other summer sport: softball. The final score: 5-4.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele even jokingly described the victory as the "start of something really big," in a video posted on YouTube.

"Keep it going," Steele said in the video. "Next, we take them out in November in New Jersey and Virginia. We're just beginning to warm up, folks."

For the DNC, there was a price to pay for losing. DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan had to acknowledge the defeat in all of the e-mails he sent out on Monday. Sevugan also included the "score" of the Democrat's November electoral college victory – clearly not part of the bet. And the DNC was forced to let RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho write a summary of the game that was emailed to reporters.

"In what can only be described as a sign of things to come for Republicans, the RNC's softball team soundly defeated the DNC for the 4th year in a row on Friday night in a dramatic game that is certain to go down in the intramural softball history books," Gitcho wrote in the e-mail blast.

Earlier: RNC, DNC go head-to-head on the diamond


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Oh GIve Me A Break

    They probably used a trick ball and a fake bat...lol.

    June 29, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. Roy Arellano (San Antonio)

    You know the more and more we keep equating politics and representation of the People as sports or game of tit for tat, the more We The People will loose.

    June 29, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Bev - NYC

    Republicans good at games, what else is new?

    June 29, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Enough

    Geez, I thought this was a news blog. There must some important happenings in the world................Like Korea.

    June 29, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. nitoNYC

    They probably cheated. Or being that republicans don't really work or do anything like run efficient governments, they probably had more time to practice!

    June 29, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    I see Michael Steele is dreaming again.

    June 29, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. dennisk

    Wow, I guess 8 years of batting practice and not accomplishing anything for the country really paid off for the GOP.

    June 29, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. mtv

    O the GOP didn't complain about the Bats or the Balls or the shape of the diamon?!?!?! I'm shocked

    June 29, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Joe in CA

    Someone please tell me how this helps?The Economy, Sex Scandals, 2 Wars with soldiers dying for OIL, Global Warming, Crisis in Iran.

    June 29, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    All in good fun. If they kept their intramural sniping to the softball field instead of the halls of Congress, we might actually see some progress.

    June 29, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. Tate

    Did the democants sue to make it a tie, so it will be fair. It snot fair that republican men play the democratic woman.

    June 29, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    So the only thing they can win is a game cool

    June 29, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Pee Wee

    But of course, it's a performance based, objective contest.

    The umps were probably libertarian.

    June 29, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Vigla

    A 5-4 comeback victory is hardly a sound defeat...let's be honest. It's all in good fun, though.

    June 29, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    5 to 4? Did the Supreme Court vote on this?!

    June 29, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Your daddy

    Surprised the score was that close. Staffers in this administration aren't exactly known for their athletic prowess.

    June 29, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. johnnie

    who cares,what does that mean cnn, thats the only win they are going to get,come on cnn,thats so bogus.the gop will loose in virginia and new jersey,there time is up,america has moved forward,what coming for the gop is more defeat in 2010,2012,2016, etc. they are like john mccain,they just dont get it,and steele,no comment,its to funny to even talk about.

    June 29, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Rob

    The GOP are also tops when it comes to waterboarding. lying us into war, and rigging elections. Scum.

    June 29, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Joe

    Obviously this was because the Democrats were high and the Republicans were on steroids.

    June 29, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Melissa

    Well, they are totally incapable of getting a victory anywhere else, and it will likely remain that way for a long time.

    June 29, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Yep

    They showed us they know how to pitch a good line,steal and run- good job GOP.

    June 29, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. Derrick

    It's good to hear that they still partake in regular, everday activities. It's too bad that they link politics to a win or a loss in such a game. That ruined the story.

    June 29, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Tim

    OMG the republicans have found their true calling, playing softball.

    I prefer them to stay on the softball field rathe than even attempt to govern after the disastrous Bush administration......

    June 29, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. WoW

    All you haters out there really think having these two parties in power is good for us. One or the other, they are the same. We need real change.

    June 29, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Bill, Bloominton IL

    I guess the democrats were too busy using all that new technology to worry about being athletic. So much for getting America healthy.

    June 29, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |